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As a partner of the 2016 World Science Festival Brisbane, UQ is proud to showcase this event as part of the festival. The modern world would not be modern at all without the understandings and technology enabled by science. Science affects us all, every day of the year, from the moment we wake up, all day long, and through the night. Your GPS, the weather report, the clothes you wear, the bus you ride in, your decision to eat a baked potato instead of chips, your cell phone, the antibiotics that treat your sore throat, the clean water that comes from your tap, and the light that you turn off at the end of the day have all been brought to you courtesy of science. Our audience will be challenged to try imagining a day without scientific progress. Based on their own remarkable achievements and ongoing endeavours, our panel will demonstrate how science affects us all, every day of the year.

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 Associate Professor Tamara Davis
Professor Tamara Davis
Tamara Davis is an astrophysicist in the School of Mathematics and Physics at UQ. She specialises in interpreting astrophysical observations in terms of their implications for fundamental physics. Her focus is on determining the nature of dark energy – the cause of the acceleration of the expansion of the universe. Tamara has led cosmological analyses of two international supernova cosmology collaborations, worked on the design of a space telescope, helped lead the cosmology analysis for the Australian-led WiggleZ dark energy survey, and is now on the executive of the Australian arm (OzDES) of the major international project, the Dark Energy Survey (DES). Having won many science-awards, just for good measure, Tamara also has an Arts degree in philosophy, played piano and trombone, has competed at a representative level in six sports, is a qualified ski instructor, gymnastics coach, and surf life saver, and received a sports scholarship and sporting blue from the University of New South Wales.
 Dr Maggie Hardy
Dr Maggie Hardy
Originally from Boston, Dr Maggie Hardy is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) at UQ. A UQ alumnus, Maggie is internationally recognised for her work in sustainable agriculture and insecticide toxicology. Maggie is the Secretary for the International Branch of the Entomological Society of America, the world's largest professional organisation serving entomologists, is involved with the International Society on Toxinology, and is a member of the Australian Early- and Mid-Career Researchers Network, an initiative of the Australian Academy of Science. In 2008, she was selected as one of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering’s Young Science Ambassadors, where she spoke to high school students and stakeholders in Outback Queensland, and as one of the Queensland Government’s Talking Scientists, for which she appeared at community groups and stakeholder meetings statewide. 
 Professor Hugh Possingham
Professor Hugh Possingham
Few scientists can claim that they have significantly changed the way that 5% of the Earth’s surface area is managed. Hugh is one such scientist who can claim this, having developed breakthrough technology for creating multi-use reserve systems that maximise benefits for ecosystems, people and industry. Hugh’s highly original research in the area of conservation biology and ecology uses mathematical methods and affects conservation practices at a global scale. Hugh is a Rhodes Scholar, Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, winner of the Fenner medal, Australian Maths Society medal and two Eureka prizes. At UQ, Hugh is Director of the Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science. Aside from his day job, Professor Possingham has a variety of broader public roles advising policy makers and managers sitting on 16 committees and boards outside the University including: The Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists (founding member), Queensland Smart State Council, Chief Editor of Conservation Letters (an international scientific journal, Council of the Australian Academy of Science, and ENGO scientific advisory committee.
 Professor Fred D'Agostino
Professor Fred D'Agostino
Fred, as a non-scientist with expertise in political philosophy, methodology of science and disciplinarity, is just the person to comment on the nature of science, particularly its foundations, methods, and implications. Fred is the current President of UQ’s Academic Board and Professor of Humanities and was previously the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts at UQ. He has a liberal arts education from Amherst College, Princeton University and the London School of Economics and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.
 Anne-Marie Birkill
Anne-Marie Birkill
No stranger to facilitating UQ Global Leadership discussions, our alumnus Anne-Marie has a passion for innovation and entrepreneurship. Currently a General Partner and Executive Director of OneVentures, Anne-Marie is also an Industry Fellow with The UQ Business School. Anne-Marie will facilitate discussion amongst the panellists, aided by questions from the audience, to ensure there is a lively consideration of what science has done for you lately.

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About Global Leadership Series

The Global Leadership Series (GLS) is a lively program of events for alumni and community members. Join us for lectures and discussions with the best of the best UQ-related speakers on matters that impact your community and shape your ideas of the world.

The series is an opportunity for you to engage with great minds on global matters, participate in thought-provoking discussions and network with UQ alumni and community members. All alumni, parents, community members and friends are welcome to attend the Global Leadership Series events.

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2020 Global Leadership Series Program 

Image of handcuffs

Real policing of true crime

Tuesday 31 March 2020  6:00pm - 8:00pm

Pop culture is obsessed with true crime stories that bring the most sordid details of criminal acts to the eyes and ears of the public. But what happens to our justice system when anyone with access to the internet can sell a good story? 



Image of cropsGood enough to eat? Climate, technology and food

Tuesday 21 April 2020  6:00pm - 8:00pm

With the global population expected to reach eight billion by 2040, food production will need to increase by 70%. This seminar explores how the transformational technologies of gene-edited food, synthetic biology and nanotechnology can reduce carbon emissions, prevent food loss, and help feed a growing population. 


Image of AustraliaWhat's it all about? Constitution, treaty, voice

Tuesday 12 May 2020  6:00pm - 8:00pm

Australia is facing big questions with regard to its First Nations People. What does it mean to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the Australian Constitution? What is the Uluru Statement from the Heart? What is an Indigenous voice to Parliament? What is the relationship between Australian constitutional reform and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples?


Image of cropsWho can you trust in a post-truth world

Thursday 18 June 2020  6:00pm - 8:00pm

Australia has seen national enquiries into institutional failures and trust breaches by the banking and financial services sector, aged care, and sporting organisations. Findings from these enquiries uncovered systematic failures of ethical culture, integrity and governance systems. In this session, UQ experts will draw on their research on how trust in our organisations and institutions can be built, restored and preserved.


Image of cropsCreating smart, sustainable cities for the future

Wednesday 29 July 2020  6:00pm - 8:00pm

Urban sprawl, rapid population growth, rising sea levels:  the need has never been greater to find solutions and reimagine urban landscapes to create sustainable, prosperous and resilient cities.  



Image of pillsIs it addiction?

Tuesday 25 August 2020  6:00pm - 8:00pm

What are we addicted to, the how, and the why. Our expert panellists will touch on the processes that underlie addiction and why our decision-making becomes problematic. 



Image of trumpUS election: Trump vs ___

Thursday 10 September 2020  6:00pm - 8:00pm

The election of Donald Trump to arguably the most powerful presidency in the world sent shockwaves through the global community. While many rejoiced his challenging of the global order from NATO to China, others feared he lacked the temperament and judgment to the US on the world stage. Our experts will lay out the issues and possibilities, and what the great powers of the past can tell us about the future. 


Image of a robotic eyeWill robots outsmart us?

Tuesday 17 November 2020  6:00pm - 8:00pm

For decades human-like robots have graced our screens. Performing everyday tasks, acting as servants and even sometimes forming complex plans to eradicate humanity. But is this an accurate representation of what Artificial Intelligence (AI) could do? What are some of the ethical challenges created by merging machines with our brains?

$25.00 per person


The Edge, State Library of Queensland, Stanley Place, South Brisbane